THE last day of January is expected to be the busiest day of the year for people seeking help with debts, according to Wiltshire Citizens Advice.

Figures from the last 12 months show that on January 31 last year the charity helped 2,800 people, 30 per cent above the daily average.

This means one person sought help from Citizens Advice every 10 seconds.

Citizens Advice says January 30 was the most popular day for people seeking advice online, with twice as many page views as average for the rest of the year.

Locally, Wiltshire Citizens Advice is expecting 300 people to seek advice on debt throughout the first month of the year.

Suzanne Wigmore, the chief officer of Wiltshire Citizens Advice, said: “Christmas in particular can take a heavy toll on people already struggling to make their money last and leave them with a debt burden in the new year. But this needn’t become a crisis - problems can be taken care of if you seek advice early.

“The New Year is a good time to get on top of your debts, cut your costs or budget better. Citizens Advice can help you review your situation so you can make decisions that improve your financial security.”

For information contact Wiltshire Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444 or drop into the Salisbury Citizens Advice office at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre .